Till Wäscher

Curriculum VitaeTill Waescher

  • 01/2016 – 07/2016: Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Communications Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • since 07/2014 SIIC PhD Fellow
  • since 2010 Research fellow at the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM), Berlin
  • 2010-2013 M.A. degree in North American Studies, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, FU Berlin
  • 2003-2009 M.A. degree in Political Sciences, Potsdam University


PhD Project

“Political Communication Strategies of grass roots privacy advocates in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks”

When in the summer of 2013 whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the scope and size of the mass surveillance programs conducted by the NSA and its international partners, privacy advocates and NGOs intensified their protest activities. With mixed results they initiated global online and offline campaigns to protect privacy and resist surveillance. Applying discourse analysis with a strong focus on argumentation, narratives and rhetorical structures namely word choices, frames of interpretation and structures of comprehension as well as semi-structured qualitative interviews with media relations staffers the dissertation seeks to analyze political communication means and strategies of privacy advocate groups. How successful are these means to mobilize and win new supporters and put opposition to surveillance and privacy breaches on the global agenda? And what are the interactions between anti-surveillance activists and the mainstream media? Guided by these research questions the dissertation will contribute to the field of grass roots political communication research by conducting an in-depth analysis of political communication with regard to privacy activism.



Prof. Jens Loenhoff, University Duisburg-Essen



Lutz Hachmeister & Till Wäscher: Wer beherrscht die Medien? Die 50 größten Medien- und Wissenskonzerne der Welt. Köln: Halem, 2017.

“Alarmismus oder nur eine Frage der Zeit: Platzt die zweite Dot.com-Blase?.” In L. Novy, J. Krone & C. Kappes (eds.), Medienwandel Kompakt: Netzveröffentlichungen zu Medienökonomie, Medienpolitik & Journalismus. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2017 (Forthcoming).

“Framing Resistance Against Surveillance: Political Communication of Privacy Advocacy Groups in the ‘Stop Watching Us’ and ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Campaigns. Digital Journalism. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2016.1254052.

Leonard Novy & Till Wäscher: “Das Ende der alten Zeitungsindustrie.” Berliner Republik 5/2013. http://www.b-republik.de/aktuelle-ausgabe/das-ende-der-alten-zeitungsindustrie.



Wäscher, T.: The Global v. the Local in Transnational Anti-Surveillance Campaigns after Snowden, Paper presented at the 2016 Annenberg Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, University of Oxford, Juli 7, 2016

Wäscher, T.: Framing Resistance Against Surveillance – Political Communication of Privacy Advocacy Groups in the ‘Stop Watching Us’- and ‘The Day We Fight Back’-Campaigns, Paper presented at the Conference “Surveillance and Citizenship: State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks”, University of Cardiff, June 18, 2015


Grants & Scholarships

DAAD Doktoranden-Kurzzeitstipendium (2016)



Email: till.waescher(at)siic.science